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Detroit Salon Finds New Ways To Use Old Hair

Sunday, September 28, 2014

New businesses in Detroit are helping revitalize the economy. One of those new businesses is the Social Club Grooming Company, a barbershop/salon that promotes sustainability.

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A Jetpack That Keeps Its Wearer On The Ground

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Engineering graduate student Jason Kerestes helped build a jetpack that would make it easier for soldiers to run a four-minute mile. He speaks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about the project.

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In The Rural West, 'Roving Rabbis' Reach Isolated Jews

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Each year, hundreds of Hasidic rabbinical students travel to far-flung towns that don't have thriving Jewish communities, encouraging rural Jews to reconnect with their faith and be more observant.

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2 Ways To Think About Nothing, One Mo' Time

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Let's compare two kinds of nothing: an empty patch of deep space and an empty piece of paper that was once beautiful. There's nothing to see in either. Or is there?

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Unmasked, Cancer Survivors Face The Symbol Of Their Torture

Sunday, September 28, 2014

For some survivors of head and neck cancer, the mask each had to wear to guide beams of radiation therapy remains a potent symbol. Some destroy the mask afterward. Others see a new beginning.

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Police Officer Shot In Ferguson, Mo., As Protests Continue

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The shooting does not appear to be connected to the protests, police said. The officer, a woman, is expected to recover.

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I Thought It Was Just Stress, Until It Broke My Heart

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sure, she felt sick, but it was probably just stress. She had to make it to the crucial meeting at her son's school and solve the day care problem. But all along her heart was whispering, "enough."

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After 7 Years, Finally, A Football Field Of Their Own

Saturday, September 27, 2014

In Detroit, Cody High School's football team was always the visitor. On Friday, they dedicated their new field with a game that honored its name.

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Confined In China, Ai Weiwei Directs Alcatraz Exhibit From Afar

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The dissident Chinese artist uses San Francisco's former island prison to contrast themes of freedom and restriction.

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India Zooms To Mars Much More Cheaply, But With Trade-Offs

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A U.S. probe cost $637 million to get to Mars; an Indian mission cost about a tenth as much. There are at least a few reasons why, both teams agree — starting with the differing shapes of each orbit.

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GMO Wheat Investigation Closed, But Another One Opens

Friday, September 26, 2014

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture say they cannot figure out how genetically modified wheat got into an Oregon field. Now GM wheat has been found growing in Montana, too.

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All Things Considered

N.J. Braces For Future Disasters By Fleeing, And Fortifying, The Coast

Friday, September 26, 2014

Federal funds are supporting two different disaster-prevention approaches — coastal retreat, or people leaving flood zones, and coastal defense, or building infrastructure to protect at-risk areas.

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All Things Considered

After Hurricane Sandy, N.J. Cities Rethink Proximity To The Water

Friday, September 26, 2014

Melissa Block talks to Monique Coleman of Woodbridge, N.J., about why her family is leaving their home. After three huge floods in three consecutive years, they've taken a buyout from the state.

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All Things Considered

Forest Service Under Fire For New Media Permit Rules

Friday, September 26, 2014

Earlier this month, it announced it would require permits for taking pictures or recording video on Forest Service land. After considerably outcry, the agency now says the rule is being misread.

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All Things Considered

Cab Competition In San Francisco Benefits Riders

Friday, September 26, 2014

Taxi ridership has plummeted 60 percent in San Francisco due to competition from the ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft. Now taxis are fighting back with ride hailing apps of their own.

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All Things Considered

Florida's Manatees: Big, Beloved And Bitterly Contested

Friday, September 26, 2014

In one coastal community, some residents are trying to get manatees off the endangered species list. But manatee advocates say the sea cows, threatened by ecotourism, need more protection, not less.

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Will .Health Make It More Likely That You'll Get Scammed?

Friday, September 26, 2014

New websites ending in "health," "doctor" and "clinic" will soon start appearing online. But anyone can buy those names. Some public health researchers worry that they'll purvey bogus medical advice.

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Fire Grounds Hundreds Of Flights At Chicago Airports

Friday, September 26, 2014

The fire in the basement of the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Ill., caused numerous flight cancellations at O'Hare and Midway.

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More Protests In Ferguson Follow Police Chief's Video Apology

Friday, September 26, 2014

Thomas Jackson, who apologized in a video released Thursday for the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, faced protesters calling for his resignation.

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Everything Dies, Right? But Does Everything Have To Die? Here's A Surprise

Friday, September 26, 2014

Meet two animals. Both are teeny. Both live in water. Both mature extra fast. But while one dies in about a week, the other — well, prepare to be amazed.

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